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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Nov 15, 2009 10:00am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Are these films in the Public Domain?

Paul Leni's The Last Warning (1929)

The Shock starring Lon Chaney

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Poster: quigs Date: Nov 15, 2009 10:29am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these films in the Public Domain?

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, that would be goooooooooood!

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2009 3:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these films in the Public Domain?

The Last Warning is still under copyright to Universal.

But "The Shock" is one of the many surviving Universal silents out of copyright.

With silent movies you have to look at the soundtrack included and whether the film is restore before upoading. For example, with The Shock, the Kino version of The Shock claims to be restored and has a new score. The Aplha Video version has a new copyright compilation of music. So, the safest bet with silent movies is to upload and unrestored version without the soundtrack or if you can, add royalty free stock music.

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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Nov 15, 2009 4:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Are these 3 films in the public domain?

I will consider uploading a silent copy of the shock as I think coming up with a royalty free score would be difficult and costly..


By the way are the following film in PD?

The Ghosts of Hanley House (1968)
The Strangler (1964) starring Victor Buono
Queen of Blood starring John Saxon

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2009 4:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these 3 films in the public domain?

There is a composer called Kevin Macleod who releases some production music for free on the web. Its under a creative commons attribution license with no other restrictions. So you can use it commercially without paying royalties as long as you attribute it to him. Here on the archive you would just need to put "Music by Kevin MacLeod" and/or link to his website http://incompetech.com/. The royalty free music is his online portfolio/resume to get scoring work. He adds to it all the time and its all tagged by genres and moods so its pretty easy to find the right kinds of themes and loops for the movie.

Queen of Blood was renewed and is in copyright

The Strangler is PD

Ghosts of Hanley House is PD, but the Alpha video DVD is registered for new sound effects and visual effects so that version is not PD.


This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-11-16 00:57:59

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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Nov 15, 2009 5:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these 3 films in the public domain?

The Version of The Ghosts of Hanley House is the AMC dvd which does not appear to be restored, is this version also under copyright?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 15, 2009 5:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are these 3 films in the public domain?

No that one's fine. the copyright was only on the Alpha version. The AMC dvd with Chandu is the raw original PD movie. All the monsterfest DVDs are safe to rip - they don't watermark or alter the films for copyright purposes.